Excursions in Rhodes
This trip combines two contrasting attractions: Rhodess Butterfly Valley and the neighbouring island of Chalki.
The valley is one of Rhodess most beautiful spots, made up of a river running through a narrow, leafy glen. Adding to its charms are wooden bridges and the famous butterfly population. Between mid-June and mid-September, thousands of callimorpha butterflies fill the air, attracted by the resin of the oriental sweetgum trees. Stroll along the shady footpaths and take photos before boarding the boat to Chalki.
Largely untouched by tourism, coming to this sleepy island is like taking a step back in time. Youll dock at its one and only harbour village, Emporio, where prettily painted houses cascade down the hillsides. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of this remote outpost. Its worth bringing your swimming gear, too.
Join us for this bright and breezy cruise along Rhodes shores. After youve joined your boat and the crew hoists the anchor, youll sail out from port into the open seas and bob gently along the islands east coast. Youll pass by golden beaches, hidden bays and harbour ports, so its worth keeping your camera ready to record the views. Or simply sit back on deck, slap on the sun lotion and brush up your tan as the sea breezes waft over you.All day on board and during the stops you will get the chance to take a swim or snorkel. And along the way, your crew will sizzle up a lunch for everyone to dig into. After that, its time to sail back to port, giving you even more opportunity to take in more of the seascapes and relax in the sunshine.
Rhodes is the perfect place to explore by sea. Not only for its marvellous beaches and dramatic mountain landscapes which fall into the sea, but also because of its outstanding history and monuments. Such as the Palace of the Grand Master which can be best enjoyed from the view at sea. This can be combined with a yacht, fresh food and drinks served on board. This relaxed Exclusive cruise is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, tasting the local and traditional delicacies and drinks while enjoying the warm sun of the Eastern Med.
Rhodes is the perfect place to explore by sea. Not only for its marvellous beaches and dramatic mountain landscapes which fall into the sea, but also because of its outstanding history and monuments.Such as the Akropolis of Lindos which can be best enjoyed from the view at sea. This can be combined with a yacht, fresh food and drinks served on board. This relaxed Exclusive cruise is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, tasting the local and traditional delicacies and drinks while enjoying the warm sun of the Eastern Med.
Experience the best of both worlds that Rhodes has to offer with this cultural and historic tour. The two and a half cities of the tour are rambunctious Rhodes and the small, historic village of Lindos, which nestles at the foot of a mountain and is perched just above the sea. The sugar cube houses of Lindos cascade down a hill crowned by a massive acropolis while below, is the stunning St Pauls Bay, tempting visitors to jump into its crystalline waters. Apart from offering fantastic views of the bay, the acropolis in an archaeological goldmine, having been the site of a fortification for thousands of years. Lindos is a warren of whitewashed houses and narrow cobble lanes that wind around the base of the mount, punctured every now and then by a belfry. Then it is on to Rhodes to marvel at the Old Town, a Unesco World heritage Site since 1988. A guided tour will take us through the cobbled streets of this medieval quarter, where we will pause to admire sites such as the Palace of the Grand Master, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights. The city also boasts an abundance of churches, mosques, markets and windmills. And last but not least, we will visit the amazing amphitheatre at Monte Smith and the classical stadium of Diagoras.
The less trodden paths of the north and west of Rhodes offer an enticing introduction to the myths and history of this fascinating island. From the Filerimos Cross and Monastery, which is known for its far-reaching views across the island, to one of the best archaeological sites at ancient Kamiros, with its excavated amphitheatre, make sure you have your camera at the ready. We will wind our way up densely wooded hills, laden with cypresses on our way to the monastery, which is located on the slopes of Filerimos (lover of solitude) Hill by the ruins of an ancient acropolis. Centuries ago, there was a fortress on the hill which, over time, became a monastery dedicated to the Virgn Mary. In front of the church are the ruins of ancient temples of Zeus (the father of the gods) and Athena (the goddess of wisdom, courage, justice and culture among others). You can then walk up the stone staircase leading to the enormous cross. The effort is worth it, for if offers outstanding views over Ialissos Bay. At Kamiros, there will be time to admire the amphitheatre, which has been meticulously excavated since the 19th century. Nearby is Kritinia, a village dominated by the imposing ruins of a Venetian castle. This part of the island is less touristy so it offers a great opportunity for visitors to get a feel for what Rhodes is really like and also how it has changed since the advent of modern tourism. A taste of the best bits all in one day.
If Rhodes town is impressive by day, its really special by night and this trip allows you to experience it at sunset and after dark. Let your guide introduce you to its walled Old Town just as the bars and shops light up. The district is dominated by the Citadel of Rhodes, which was built by the Knights Hospitaller as a fortress in the 14th century and is a Unesco World Heritage site. Explore the cobbled passageways of the Old Town and admire the jewel in its crown - the Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved medieval avenues in all Europe. Youll also see the Palace of Grand Masters and the Suleiman Mosque. Afterwards, its on to a taverna for a
Sail north of Rhodes to Symi and experience another world. As the ship the makes its way into the harbour, the sheer beauty of this picturesque town with its pastel-coloured cascade of Venetian houses means you wont be able to let go of your camera. In contrast to the bustle of Rhodes, Symi is a mountainous and remote outpost, with no more than 3,000 inhabitants. The island is located between Rhodes and the coast of Turkey, which can be seen across the water. Once youre ashore, youll head for a workshop to see how the sponges found in the local seas are processed. There will then be some time to explore on your own. Climb up to the old town for great views over the harbour. Shop for sponges and spices in the waterfront stalls. Or have a swim on the beach before hitting a taverna to try the islands famously good seafood. Afterwards, youll cruise to the monastery of Panormitis in the south of the island. Set in a mountainous bay, its church is decorated with Byzantine frescoes and an icon of St Michael that is believed to protect Greek sailors. Admire its artworks and potter around a bit before sailing back home. Just be aware that this tour involves a two-hour boat trip each way.
Don a wetsuit and give scuba diving a go with this one-day taster. Youll descend into the clear waters off Rhodes and swim around the bays shallow reefs. Check out the brightly coloured sponges and darting fish and keep an eye out for bigger creatures, like octopus or even barracuda. Its a whole new world - peaceful and mysterious - that youll kick yourself for not discovering earlier.
If you want to get to Lindos by the sea rather than the road, then this trip is for you. Youll have plenty of time to explore at your own pace. Rove around its cobbled lanes to admire its cute whitewashed houses. Check out the bell-towered Byzantine church. The highlight though is Lindos acropolis. Looming above the village, this walled citadel is home to many medieval and classical remains
Hugging a stunning bay and squeezed in between two lush mountains, sailing into Marmaris offers a truly scenic introduction to Turkey.
Just a short distance from Rhodes, it is worlds away culturally. From the aromatic bazaars to the heaving nightlife, Marmaris is a sensual experience.
Approaching it along its beautiful rugged coastline, you will sail into the port and feel the energy of a different land straight away, with the seafront choc-a-bloc with shops, bars and restaurants.
The town is dominated by an imposing castle built five centuries ago by the Ottoman emperor Suleiman the Magnificent. He used it as a base from which to plot his conquest of Rhodes. The castle is now home to a museum and galleries and has a landscaped courtyard full of flowers.
See the Hafza Sultan Caravanserai, a historic inn from the same period that is now abuzz with café culture and people watching.
The Grand Bazaar was built at about the same time as the castle and is filled with the colours and scents of the East. This excursion is a great taster of a fascinating country, not just an opportunity to get another stamp on your passport.